This article is a prime example of the jolly little stories that fan magazines were known to tell with just
a dash of fact and a brunch of mirthful myth. Mabel Normand and Lew Cody were married
Home?” in 1927 as you know, Mabel was having health problems and by the time this article was
written in 1928 she was a private citizen and Lew was a movie star.
GOSSIP OF ALL THE STUDIOS
PHOTOPLAY JUNE 1928
Looking for Mabel
When Lew Cody was on vaudeville tour in
“I’m coming to
“Come and see me,” Lew responded kindly.
The other morning Mabel Normand answered the door of the Cody home. Lew was on location.
On the steps stood a small bedraggled person. Portions of the rear of his trousers were missing; his toes came through his shoes.
“Are you Mrs. Cody?” Mabel nodded, “I’m Cordill Tray. Mr. Cody asked me to come and visit him,” and the lad produced the autographed picture as his card of introduction.
He had walked to
MABEL bought him a new suit, fed him five orders of bacon and eggs at one sitting and gave him a place to sleep until her husband’s return. Now he is working in the Cody household. “The telephone boy” they call him.
Now don’t start a stampede west, boys, for Cody says he is finished. He has seven such people on his pay-roll already. When he goes to the studio his entrance is in the way of a procession. Directly behind the actor walks the chauffeur, an ex-service man. Then Mortimer Snow, once a well-known actor, now custodian of Lew’s dog. Then Cordill carrying the telephones number. The generosity of Mabel and Lew is not just a legend.